‘An Ankh in Bayswater’ by Gerald Bosanquet

A seedy boarding house in west London is destroyed in a devastating night raid during the Blitz, revealing Egyptian remains that exert a strange influence over the fates of the mysteriously unharmed residents. Bosanquet was part of a louche trio, known as the Bayswater Bastards, along with the ill fated Roger ‘Tiny’ Feate and Peter Buttersley who, as history records, went on to become the Archbishop of Canterbury. The story vividly evokes the era, long before my time sadly, when one’s romantic partners might be vaporised or pummelled into nothingness by enormous quantities of skyfallen high explosives, saving one the trouble of ridding oneself of them by means less convenient.